The term “smart-weapon” may seem like an oxymoron for many, but when it comes to minimizing collateral damage and increasing precision, I would agree it makes perfect sense. How does the prospect of firing a rifle at 500 yards without physically looking at the target sound?
Smart-weapon company TrackingPoint seems pretty intent to make real-world guns act like the virtual firearms we use for offing video game villains. The latest demo of its ShotView targeting system showcases live video being transmitted from a rifle’s scope to a set of off-the-shelf Smith Optics I/O Recon goggles via WiFi, enabling the marksman to hit an explosives-filled pop bottle from 500 yards down-range without even looking at it. While the previous concept clip used Google Glass, a TrackingPoint spokesperson tells us that the Smith goggles don’t lag like Google’s wearable does in this scenario. Speed might not make a huge difference at the firing range, but, for soldiers in the field, we’d imagine that keeping pace with a mobile target is somewhat important — especially if they aren’t physically looking at it. Have a look: